Boston: Brunch at Craigie's with Dan and Katie

You know what the nice thing about being a food blogger is? There are other food bloggers everywhere. That's why when I travel (especially when I travel solo), I try to get together with a few food bloggers. On my latest trip to Boston, I decided to check out brunch at Craigie on Main and invited Dan of The Food in My Beard and Katie of Once Upon a Small Boston Kitchen to come along.

We showed up at 11 am on a Sunday, right when the restaurant opens for brunch, and were told that if we did not have reservations, we'd have to sit at the bar: they were completely booked otherwise. That was fine by us. We ordered coffee and chatted for a bit getting to know each other. Perhaps you might think it's odd to meet almost complete strangers for brunch, but I thought both Dan and Katie seemed absolutely normal from their blogs, and plus we were meeting at a public place!

Craigie on Main had a prix fixe menu, but we all decided to order from the regular one.

Dan said he was going to order Grass-Fed and House-Brined Corned Beef and Smoked Beef Tongue Hash  $16 (slow-poached farm fresh egg, crispy onion rings). This was exactly what I wanted! I might be weird, but I typically don't like ordering the same dish as other people at my table. Luckily, Dan was willing to let me take photos of his dish and let me try it: loved it!

I knew I was in the company of like-minded people when we all agreed to order a house-made doughnut with confiture du lait $4. I think it rivaled my favorite doughnuts from Tabard Inn!

For my dish, I decided to get House-Smoked Finnan Haddie Hash $14 (farm fresh poached egg, chorizo, brussel sprouts, grilled country toast). I wish it had more chorizo, but otherwise the dish was perfect. If you've been following me for a while, you know I love pretty much anything topped with a poached egg!

P.S. Just because my friend Cindy was super curious, Katie had Country-Style Organic Whole Wheat Huckleberry Pancakes $12

The food was solid, the decor of the restaurant was pretty, and we had fun watching the bartender making up drinks at the bar. But it was even better to spend time with Katie and Dan and chat about Boston and food blogging. Oh, and did I mention Dan brought us home-made pretzels!?

In case I don't blog about this, I want to mention that I finally got to meet Megan from Delicious Dishings and had a great dinner with her at Toro, Spanish tapas restaurant.


The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Great recap! I loved reliving it all over again, come back again soon!

Dan said...

mmmmm tongue!

MrsWheelbarrow said...

One of my favorite places for brunch in the world! I can still remember the red flannel hash I had there two years ago. Lovely photos.

Cindy said...

Don't leave us in suspense...what did Katie have???

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Your pictures are always just so gorgeous. You definitely have an eye for photography. That's so cool that you are meeting up with other local bloggers too.

Megan said...

I may not end up writing about toro either but I had a great time getting to know you and we had such a fabulous dinner! Craigie sounds delicious. Must get there soon!

Amber said...

If we had restaurants like that here I would take a second job just to eat out all the time.
You seemed to enjoy the table setting posts I did the last 2 years. Although I didn't do a table this time I have began this years posts today and for a few days. Peek if you are interested again. There were some nice ideas.

Joie de vivre said...

Everything looks beautiful! How fun that you were able to meet with other bloggers.